Kunstmuseum aan zee Collecties van
de Vlaamse Gemeenschap
Stad Oostende


Belgian painting from 1920 to 1970

During the summer holiday period, till 19 August, you can enjoy a collection presentation on the first floor of Mu.ZEE built around three leading galleries and ditto magazines: Le Centaure, Apollo and Het Vijfde Wiel. Each gallery played an important role in the development of Belgian art in the 20th century!  

The exhibition shows a group of artists that can each be linked in some way or another to one or more galleries and/or magazines: Paul Delvaux, Armand Vandelick, Henri Wolvens, Floris Jespers, Edgar Tytgat, Constant Permeke, Léon de Smet, Jozef Peeters, Jean Milo, Victor Servranckx, Louis van Lint, Jean Brusselmans, Walter Leblanc, Albert Rubens, Pierre Alechinsky, etc.

In the interwar period the art dealer Le Centaure, which was founded by Walther Schwarzenberg, ensured the definitive breakthrough of Flemish Expressionism. Le Centaure defended the modernistic art movement in Belgium and put it in an international context. The gallery introduced many of the greatest twentieth century artists to our country. Artists under contract with the gallery included René Magritte. Both the magazine and the gallery went under in the financial crisis in the 30s.
In 1941, during World War II, the art critic Robert L. Delevoy founded the ‘Galeries Apollo’, which he ran until 1955. He also published the magazine Apollo. Delevoy turned the gallery into the most important factor in the Belgian art world during and after the war. Besides the established pre-war names he exhibited young artists and co-founded ‘La Jeune Peinture Belge’ in 1945.

Richard Foncke was an artist who started his own magazine, Het 5e wiel, in 1960. It was published by the ‘Voorlichtingscentrum het 5e wiel’ (the 5th wheel information centre), which developed into the Contrast gallery in 1965 and continued as the Richard Foncke Gallery in 1966. From then on, Foncke’s renown as an international art dealer grew. At the exhibitions he showed work by people from his own generation alongside that of young artists. Until his death, in 2005, he was one of the most committed art dealers in the country. 

Overview past exhibitions »

23/06/2012 - 19/08/2012
€7 single adult
€5 55+, groups ≥15 pp
€1 13-26 years old
Free up to 12 years

Guide :€60